A stray horse was struck by an auto and killed Sunday morning, and the driver of the vehicle involved suffered minor injuries, police said.
The 8-year-old gelding, whose name was Sweetwater, was on Grand Caillou Road not far from the Bobtown Bridge at about 12:30 a.m., when the incident occurred.
Jesse Lagrange, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, said that Natasha Almond was traveling south in a 2014 Chrysler van when she encountered “a large horse in the southbound lane and struck it.”
Another horse, a 5-year-old named Doc, was loose in the area with Sweetwater. Terrebonne Parish deputies searched for Doc and rounded him up, assisting with getting him returned safe to his stall. According to Doc’s owner, Keondre Scott, both horses were secured the night before in their stalls.
Sweetwater was buried by his owner, Drey Harding, Sunday afternoon.
Both Scott and Harding, who are cousins, were issued misdemeanor tickets for violation of the Terrebonne Parish ordinance that forbids allowing livestock to run at large.
The horses and their riders have appeared in local parades.
“I don’t know how they got out,” said Scott, who was puzzled because, he said, his horse’s halter had been cut. There was no report of any damage to Sweetwater’s gear.
The horses could sometimes be seen grazing atop a levee alongside Grand Caillou Road. Sweetwater was a good horse with a wonderful disposition, according to Scott, which also was how he described his own horse.